Health effects of cArdiac fluoRoscopy and mOdern radIotherapy in paediatriCs
The use of radiation for medical diagnosis and treatment procedures has had a major impact on the survival of paediatric patients. Although the benefits of these techniques largely outweigh the risks, there is a need to better understand the long-term health effects of such exposures in order to optimise treatment plans in these young patients and reduce the risk of late toxicities.
Investigate the late health effects in children undergoing modern radiotherapy (including proton therapy)
Investigate development of cancer in children exposed to X-ray guided imaging for treatment of cardiac disorders
Provide the medical and radiation protection (RP) communities with tools for long-term follow-up of children exposed to medical ionising radiation.
Improve estimates of radiation doses received by different organs in the body during these procedures
Investigate possible mechanisms that may lead to the development of cancer and vascular diseases in these patients later in life
Establish recommendations to optimise these techniques and further reduce radiation doses received by children undergoing X-ray guided imaging and radiotherapy
7 million €